Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Reese Taylor- less than 6 weeks and counting!

I'm very behind in my blogging these days. Seems like the closer we get to baby's arrival date the busier I become. I still need to blog about the beautiful shower my friends and family threw for me over the weekend. As soon as I get the pictures from my friend (the only one who brought a camera) I will post them.

But for now I want to give a quick update on Reese. I had my 34 week check up yesterday with my OB. At first my blood pressure was elevated but after laying on my left side for 20 minutes and a re-check my blood pressure became normal again. I have some swelling but that is normal at this stage in the game and I'm thankful that it's not as bad as it was with Gracie. She said we will be able to determine a lot from my next ultrasound. Meaning if we need to deliver early or let her come naturally! Of course I want her to come naturally.

So I had my ultrasound this morning and everything is looking good. While they still can't predict a stroke in utero they can look for brain bleeding or abnormal tissue in the brain. Both of which they did not see. Praise God! She is still on the small side with an estimated weight of 4 lbs 14 oz. which is considered in the 20th percentile. Again, the dr said anything between 10%-90% is considered normal. She just maybe smaller than Grace if delivered at full term. Another interesting thing we saw during the ultrasound is that she has flipped and is now breach. Meaning what I thought was her little bum under my ribs is actually her head. I'm telling her to flip back so mommy can have a natural labor and not a c-section. There is still plenty of time for her to flip back around. But if you got a moment and are thinking about it can you say a quick prayer that Reese will find her way back down to my pelvic area! hahah...such a strange prayer request.

That's about all I have for now. I start going every week at my next appt. So we shall see when and how little Ms. Reese Taylor will arrive! Thanks again for all your prayers and thoughts.

The above picture is the best 3-D the tech could get. She wasn't being very cooperative. She wants it to be a surprise with what she is going to look like I guess. In this pic you can see her profile and her little hand up at her mouth. We also saw one of her grabbing her feet and putting them up to her mouth. Guess she learned that one from Gracie! :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Visiting the Folks!

The great thing about living in VA is being closer to my parents. It's a four-five hour trip vs. the ten hour trip from Nashville. We've been blessed to be able to see them a lot since Grace has been born but that is because they have traveled here most of the times to see her. Can you blame them? New Grandparents and loving every minute of it. Sometimes I feel guilty that we don't live in the same area. I know they would love to see her every day if they could.

So lately, Matt has been working a ton of hours to build up his business! And while I'm thankful, I get a little stir crazy being in the house all the time. I get out but I don't travel like I'm use to. I use to love me a good road trip!

So, I decided to take Grace to go see my parents while I could still sit comfortably behind the wheel of my car. Lauren, our friend (& roommate) had some time off and after some bribing about spending an afternoon in DC going to the museums, she was happy to accompany us on the trip. I'm not that crazy to travel 5 hours alone at 31 weeks pregnant with a 15 month old. So we head out Sat. morning and came back late Tuesday night. We had a great time. We visited with my parents, did some shopping, spent an afternoon going to the Smithsonian museums, and even got to head into Williamsport, MD to spend the afternoon at the pool with some old friends and their kids.

As much as I love going away, I love coming home even more! Poor Gracie got off her schedule due to our busy itinerary but luckily was able to get right back on it Wed. I know she was happy to see her daddy too!

Here are some pics of our trip.